Pandemic or no pandemic, last I looked the IDEA is still out there in full force and your child who qualifies for special education is still entitled to that, even when teaching has gone online in your schooldistrict.
The article in our link for today gives some tips for special education teachers provided by the theeducatorsroom blog
According to Smartick global research, about 5-7% of a country’s population may suffer in silence from dyscalculia. That means that in a class of 25 students, it’s likely that at least one child has the learning disorder. For a population of 57+ million in South Africa, and if similar percentages are anything to go by, it could equate to around 4 million people potentially being misdiagnosed.
Visual perception has been found to be a critical factor for reading comprehension and arithmetic computation in separate lines of research with different measures of visual form perception. The current study of 1099 Chinese elementary school students investigated whether the same visual form perception (assessed by a geometric figure matching task) underlies both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation. The results showed that visual form perception had close relations with both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation, even after controlling for age, gender, and cognitive factors such as processing speed, attention, working memory, visuo-spatial processing, and general intelligence.
Cui J, Zhang Y, Wan S, Chen C, Zeng J, Zhou X. Visual form perception is fundamental for both reading comprehension and arithmetic computation. Cognition. 2019;189:141-154. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.03.014
According to some researchers at the University of Upsala it is. They have found that the brain of the people with Dyscalculia and Dyslexia basically work in the same manner and so they claim that Dyscalculia is not a learning disability in itself but a version of Dyslexia.
It’s important that parents and teachers of students with learning disabilities look for any signs of anxiety or depression. These may include:
Feelings of sadness and/or hopelessness
Changes in social behaviors (not spending time with friends)
Changes in appetite
Thoughts of harming themselves
Once any signs are noticed, parents should bring their child to a qualified mental health therapist. This professional will help the child manage their symptoms so they can better function at home and at school.
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